Friday, February 08, 2008

Accepting McCain

It will take awhile for many to get on board the McCain train, I understand that. The lingering concern is captured pretty well by CQPolitics:

When McCain has been on the conservative side, as he has been on the vast majority of issues, he gives it full-throated support. He is not afraid of giving offense to appropriators when he sticks up for cutting spending, and he has not been shy about deriding Democrats who oppose the war in Iraq, to cite two potent examples.

But when he is with the Democrats, he is really with them. McCain is not someone who simply reaches across the aisle to form coalitions with the other side. He walks across the aisle, puts on the other team’s uniform and sings the other team’s fight song.

I have to agree here, but this is the thing. The American people, in general want that. Obama's big appeal (and it is big) is his rhetoric of unity. In Obama's case, it's all talk though. I don't know of one incident where Obama reached across the aisle for anything.

McCain does more than reach across the aisle. He makes friends with those over there. And this is not a bad thing. This will be one of the most persuasive attributes of McCain going into the general election.

Those of us on the right don't like compromise too much, but the American people in general like it.

He will win in November whether it's against Hillary,Obama, or both. Our warriors will finish thejob in Iraq. We will be victors not victims. Our taxes won't be raised, tax cuts will be made permanent, there will be tighter border security, strict constructionist judges will be appointed, and pork barrel spending will be banished, and we will be kept safe on our shores.

And that is enough to be grateful for right there.

via NRO

Update: I wanted to add this. It seems the DNC are already getting amunition stored to attack McCain:

Carter Eskew, a former adviser to Vice President Al Gore, puts it this way: "Go right after his strengths. Take the Straight Talk Express and push it off the rails."

I have a feeling that when that happens many will feel like they did about their little brother growing up. You just couldn't stand him, but if someone else picked on him, you stood up to the bully. It's one thing to be angry with your own little brother for messing up your room or stealing your candy, but some punk isn't going to push around a member your family while you have something to say about it.

When the Koskids start writing about how McCain deserved his torture in a POW camp, or Whoopi Goldberg makes snide sexual remarks about McCain not being able to raise his arms above his shoulders, I think all our anger will directed at those who deserve it.

In this case, the little brother can certainly take care of himself, but you will be there. I think you will.